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Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930
This article describes a collection of records at
Kiev, Ukraine
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Books
Collection years: 1734-1930
Languages: Russian
Title in the Language: Україна, Дублікати метричних книг Київської Православної консисторії
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Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes the years 1734-1930. The Church acted as both a religious and civil agent in recording vital events and church sacraments such as baptism and burial. Peter the Great mandated the keeping of Russian Orthodox books in 1722. The format was standardized in 1724. Printed forms were introduced in 1806. In 1838 a format was introduced that prevailed until the 1930s. The priests made a transcript for the ecclesiastical court (dukhovnaia konsistoriia) having jurisdiction over the parish. This is usually the version that has been preserved. The register covers 70% for early periods, 90% after 1800. The registers are in Russian.

The orthodox parishes of the Kyiv (Kiev) Consistory covers the area now in the districts (oblasts) of Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsya, and Cherkasy.

Church registers were kept by parish priests in order to record births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials. These were considered an official record and are normally very reliable. The collection consists of an index entries of baptisms/births, marriages, and burials/deaths for Orthodox parishes in Diocese of Kiev. The records are duplicates created by priests for civil authorities. The records are preserved in the Central Historical Archive of Ukraine in Kyiv. The place names reflect the jurisdiction when the records were created.

For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse. For additional details about these records and help using them see Ukraine, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Child's given name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Legitimacy is stated


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Name and age of bride
  • Sometimes, parents names are given


  • Given name, age and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Father's name and his place of residence

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Use the registers to uniquely identifies individuals and connect them to the parent generation. Often you can derive entire families by matching up children with the same parents. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know: To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log. As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
  • Search the record to find additional information on the person or members of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be known by a nickname

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ukraine.

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